Long Beach is a "Cool" Downtown

What is cool?
Nassau County is trying to figure that out.

This is actually sort of old news. I thought it was funny so I wanted to post it. Nassau County is trying to win young adults back and it’s doing so by trying to establish “cool” downtowns. What is a cool downtown and why does it matter? Well, according to Nassau County’s Cool Downtowns Conference:

  • Major purpose is to expand our tax base
  • Foster ideas, culture and education to attract young people and empty nesters
  • People living near the train station
  • Residents living and working in multi-story buildings
  • Walking distance to fantastic restaurants and small shops

The study found Long Beach being all of the above! Pretty groovy, right? Mint!


As for the other potential cool downtowns. How can you be cool like Long Beach? Well I can’t offer any help. I thought the Fonz was cool, but he proved us wrong after he jumped the shark. Maybe Poochie from the Simpsons can help. Just don’t try so hard.


learn more about Cool Downtowns and what Nassau is trying to do to bring the young adults back from Nassau’s website.

Royal Pains

As noticed by fellow Long Beacher Eric Hutcheson, the USA Network TV show Royal Pains wrapped up a scene by the Dairy Barn @ 375 W Park Ave. According to TV.com, the show is about A down and out surgeon has a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton, NY.

So the show takes place in East Hampton, but filmed in Long Beach? ahh miles apart in so many ways…. I have no idea when the episode will air, so if you want to see our local celebrity “Dairy Barn” on TV you’re on your own. Finding info on this show appears to be a royal pain in the neck, no pun intended. Of course I will post more info if I get any.

Royal Pains on IMDB
Royal Pains Wiki

All most there… but not quite there yet

I actually feel bad for the Allegria. The season is near, but completion doesn’t appear so. The Allegria website says it’s opening June 16th; that is almost a month from when this photo was taken. I really want them to succeed. I know a lot of locals are against this type of development – it will bring tourists and traffic and blah blah blah. But you know what? I don’t care. It’s silly for Long Beach to not have a really nice hotel. Very silly. I like how bold the design is. It’s not just another beige building on the boardwalk. It will bring some life to the area and some money to the local businesses. I know one thing, I definitely want to stay there for a night just to check it out. Anybody at Allegria want to give me a discount?

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